New one for AF. Reminder – as mentioned in the image’s small print – Nick does NOT smoke. The cigarette is just for effect from a recent show comment to a superchat (below).
Like many other people I found “that scene” from the recent Joker (2019) movie so intense and awesome so I wanted to recreate it somehow. I ended up trying to lay it out like a comic book and tried to do it in a way that felt like the classic “Arkham Asylum” Batman graphic novel. I’m not sure how successful I was in the latter (I have zero experience creating comic books) but I am happy w/the final version in any case. I was torn on putting in any modern-day/non-movie elements but in the end I couldn’t resist fill the top center window frame with some of the evil icons of our “society” as well as an America First ad on the top right television set. Oh yeah and (belated) semi-spoiler warning if you haven’t seen the movie yet (but if you haven’t seen the movie yet – +1 week after opening – I don’t feel bad).
Why the hysteria about the Joker movie?
Few clips I pulled together that sum up the hype/hysteria (and reason for it):
Time Lapse Videos
Here is another iPad painting idea I wanted to try of my late grandparents: Douglas and Irene. I originally was just going to try creating a painting of Douglas on the bench by himself but as things went along I threw in a cat, then *attempted my best* at including Irene (rough photos to work from) and then threw in a second cat. Everyone who knew them will hopefully appreciate the cats because there were always a healthy gang of them living there (under the house in “Cat’s Below”) or in the nearby woods. I think the top cat’s name was “See More” (?) and the one under the bench was the infamous “Beast” ( or “Beasty” as Douglas like to call him). I also threw in a 99th Infantry lapel pin on Douglas which I’m sure he would never wear but his being in – and surviving – WWII’s Battle of the Bulge is something I’ll always find fascinating/inspiring. Also I don’t think it came out great but I love Irene’s kitten sweater.
I have plenty of artistic perfectionist gripes about things here I wish came out better but I am happy about the overall final product because it reminds me of them. I will hopefully find a way to print and frame this one in my house. By the way for anyone curious the high res file – you can see by clicking the main painting above – should print well up to 24″x16″.
For the record, I’m still on the fence on how respectable this approach of using a photo for trace outlines and color selection is – but as with my previous uses of this technique I was/am more interested in the final product than how noble the artistic origins of the project were.
See below for a time lapse video and some reference/related photos. My thanks again to Brian, Melissa, my Mom and others for helping me find some good reference photos.
Time Lapse Video
Quick but fun pass at an America First vs Turning Point USA image. After last week’s photo drama (below) I wanted to pile on as much as I could.
Here’s to everyone who saw the BBC’s distorted and insulting version of Mosley on the new season of “The Peaky Blinders” TV show researching and learning the truth about him on their own.
By the way for the record I used an old black and white photo of him and a recent color shot of Big Ben along with a tracing technique (which I consider partial cheating artistically) – so this was not all drawn out of thin air! Time lapse video below shows in detail.
Time Lapse Video
Mosley Reference Links
On the Spirit of European Civilization
Lady Diana Mosley Interview
The BBC’s False Villain // Peaky Blinders @thisislaurat
Oswald Mosley Interview (1975)
The “Freedom of Speech” Lie @YouKipperLad
May add more notes later but just archiving a new illustration from this weekend. My original idea was to have the “men” in this image laughing while circled by the various buildings they work(ed) in but then I changed it to be them glaring/staring at the viewer instead.
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
– Taylor Caldwell
(Video Date: 2019/07/27)
While on vacation a couple weeks ago I tried my hand at a more traditional painting project by trying to paint a couple scenes from where I was staying at without any tracing or color-cheating (i.e. picking colors from a photo). While the end result isn’t mind-blowing I was pretty pleased w/how they both turned out – considering I normally stick to cartoon/illustration type work.
Time Lapse Videos
The America First show is on vacation for a week and I ran out of side projects for the moment and this idea popped up.
Another hilarious Nick tangent/idea that I had to illustrate (Twitter post).
What’s the point of the “America First” slogan if #FreeSpeech is gone, we’ve lost control of our government and the country’s been turned into a clown world?
Last couple weeks have been pretty rough w/the increased censorship online, immigration going from emergency to nightmare, President Trump seemingly abducted or lulled to sleep by non-MAGA people in his administration and the other usual issues in the news/culture accelerating towards the cliff at break neck speed. I’m not an Alex Jones cult follower but I recognize that his voice being taken away, along with plenty of others is not a good sign at all – especially when the people being banned/deplatformed tell WAY more truth than the mainstream news outlets etc. This isn’t my usual style/approach to artwork but the idea just popped in my head and I just went with it.
God save America … if it’s still possible.
30 second version
Recent procreate (yet another NJF what can I say … the guy is inspiring)
Related Video Segment
Funny thing about this is that I was 50% into this illustration when he mentioned Harvey Dent on the show. Maybe that was inevitable but I was really freaked out when he brought up an idea I had already started illustrating! Very weird!
“It’s not about what’s right anymore … it’s about what’s fair!”
– @NickJFuentes #AmericaFirst https://t.co/3yCXWpF96Q #JussieSmollett #HateCrimeHoaxes #FakeNews #EnemyOfThePeople #Clownworld #AmerikanAsylum #HarveyDent pic.twitter.com/QUXf3Xs0ko
— Chris Emerson 🇺🇸 (@emerson_chris) April 27, 2019